A portrait session with 6 year old Greyson

He wanted his own portrait session. He wanted to pick his outfit and do his own hair “handsome”. For me it was a personal challenge. I have a VERY hard time photographing my own kids. There must be something about being in “mom mode” vs. “work mode” that I get in a zone and turn all photographer on them and suddenly Mommy is just taking another picture of them and suddenly I’m making them crazy. So trying to photograph a distinguished portrait of my very active 6 year old son was almost laughable. I was curious if he would actually take direction and sit still long enough to get more than just a quick snap. But an actual portrait.

Thankfully, we worked it all out (quickly). There is something about being able to look into your child’s eyes in a portrait that you just aren’t able to see in person. When I was editing these portraits I didn’t see my 6 year old son, but I saw this teenage boy/ young man (almost) staring back at me and it was very surreal. Almost mature somewhere in there.

People ask me all the time if I buy school photos or if I just take my own. I actually do buy all of the school photos because I feel like those are for them. The day they lined up with all of their classmates using that dreaded comb and standing in that awkward pose. That is a memory for them more than it’s a picture for me.

 

These portraits…… these are for me. For our family’s keepsake. These are the portraits of him that will tell the story of our family.

 

These are the portraits I will print and frame and cherish and show his wife one day. The one they will whip out when his own daughter has a child and everyone is trying to determine who’s eyes the baby has.

 

This is that portrait. And I pray I get to be there when that conversation happens. To tell them the story of the day that Greyson wanted his own portrait session. To pick out his own outfit and do his own hair “handsome”.

 

My handsome little mister is growing up. And if I don’t stop typing now, I’ll never be able to hit publish. GAH! Where’s the tissues?

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops and consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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July 28, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Rachelle Chase - I can’t even handle it. It’s too much. He is perfection.

Location Series // Part 4: The Studio with Angelsea Urban

Location Series // Part 4: The Studio with Angelsea Urban

“Where should I have my session?” is one of the top questions I hear from clients. I am thrilled to be part of this planning process and love when clients put great thought into their portrait sessions. Since transitioning from wedding and portrait photography to exclusively working with portrait clients, it’s become my mission for families to have an amazing experience just as important as their wedding. People will often plan for months for weddings and put forth great effort to that special day, and it’s a goal of mine to have your Family Portrait Experience be as significant as your wedding portraits. 

Redefining the Family Portrait Experience is about being intentional with your portrait session as much as your creating your final portraits. Through the Story of Family Experience we spend a great deal of effort carefully choosing location, attire, and hair style, but also spending ample time preparing your heart just as much with a series of activities that we will discuss in detail during your consultation.

I am thrilled to wrap up this location series in showing examples of each of the most requested locations for you to have your portrait session.

Part 1 of this series explained the differences of photographing clients at The Beach during the day verses evening. You can read Part 1 – The Beach post here.  While Part 2 went over some differences when photographing clients at The Park, looking at Golden Hour vs. Daytime and Spring vs. Summer. You can read Part 2: The Park post here.  Last week we compared the locations of ANYWHERE, meaning it could be a backyard or parking garage, to SOMEWHERE special, a place that hold deep meaning. You can read Part 3: Anywhere or Somewhere Special here. 

 

Today we’ll be looking at the differences of being photographed in the Barnegat Studio.  

 

To recap – here are some of the things that I like to take into consideration when talking to clients about where they should be photographed.

When you choose a piece of art for your walls, whether it be a painting or frame or tapestry, you are careful to be sure the textures, colors, and sizes will conform to your personal taste in your home. All the more reason to carefully plan the same for your custom family portraits.

“Where should we go for the photoshoot?” is always an important question when planning your experience.  Ideas such as the beach or the park are wonderful, but my goal with this blog series is to show the subtle differences in common locations so that you can choose a location that works perfectly for your family photography experience.
Key questions to ask yourself:

1. Where will these portraits be displayed? 

Will they be in the family room? What color is the room? What style is it? Rustic? Cottage? Industrial? The purpose behind capturing the photos should be for intentionally cultivating the relationships and preserving them through photography, but they are ultimately meant for display, so thinking about where they will be showcased is a key component.

I recently had a client execute this in the most perfect way. They have a sea glass green colored casual family room where they envisioned their family portraits to one day hang. We planned their session at the beach, earlier in the day to get the correct colors. When they received their final product order, including a series of large canvases, they blended perfectly into their room, picking up the colors from the sand and ocean, matching the walls, curtains, decorative bottles and sailboats. 

2. Is there a place or activity that is special, sentimental or significant to the people that will be in the photographs? 

Is your favorite family past time to go the beach? Do you spend every Sunday at the park? The boardwalk? And if so, do you want that location to have a voice in this event – or do you simply want to incorporate the colors or textures? Do you envision your children frolicking in the sand? Picking flowers? Throwing leaves?

You and your family will always be the focus and priority of the photography experience. The activities and memories shared during the session will be directly affected by the location you choose.

 

Newborn Portraits

The first collection of portraits below are from newborn sessions. I strongly feel that newborn portraits should be a family experience. Yes we can put your baby in a cocoon or in a vintage crate if that is what your heart desires, but years from now, that child will likely be more embarrassed by that picture than cherish it. We love the baby in the flower pot, it is adorable and we just want to pick them up and squish them. That one is for you to gush at. But those portraits are not cherished as much as the one looking into your child’s eyes. Or the two of you in an embrace. That is the photo your child will cherish as an adult. When Daddy held me like that. When my mother looked so young. We concentrate most of our session together on these portraits.

Newborns sessions can be tricky. They need a specific temperature, limited clothing to touch their skin, personal contact, low noise, white noise, heated blankets, etc. The benefit of having your newborn portrait session at the studio is all of these things are provided for you. You just roll out of bed in your foggy state and arrive and we take care of the rest. Even providing coffee and breakfast and if you have also reserved the Mother’s Pampering Package, then Hair & Makeup are also provided on site as well.

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Individual Portraits at the Studio

These photographs are either requested for personal branding elements for a website or promotional material such as a head shots, or could be a classic individual portrait session. Artist Portraits, First birthday, Beauty & Makeover Portraits, or just because. I believe the story of an individual deservers as much attention as part of the entire family portrait experience, if not more. As someone’s daughter or son, or father, grandfather, their are many people who will cherish these classic individual portraits of you. You matter to so many.

The final result of the color collection is shown here, and in black and white below. All photographs created in the Barnegat Studio at the New Jersey Shore.

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Thanks for visiting today!

 

To see PART 1 of this series, THE BEACH, click HERE.

To see PART 2 of this series, THE PARK, click HERE.

To see PART3 of this series, ANYWHERE or SOMEWHERE SPECIAL, click HERE. 

Interested in booking a session for your family this summer? Be sure to contact us before spots are completely full! ONLY a LIMITED number of appointments left for summer!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops and consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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Home Depot in the pouring rain

Yes we were at Home Depot in the pouring rain.

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Because why not?

We were the only people in the store. Until over an hour later, we were finally checking out and noticed a man buying nails. Yes, nails at 9 pm on a Wednesday night.

We didn’t need to go to Home Depot that night – or even in the rain, the pouring rain, but we went anyway. Stopping at Applebees first because the kids had won a free sundae for excellent reading throughout the school year. But it was a random Wednesday and we had some projects in mind and that today seemed as good a day as any. That’s what umbrellas are for and what childhood memories are made of. “That day we went to Home Depot in the pouring rain – to buy stone – in the garden center – outside – at 9 pm at night.” That will be the story they tell one day. Of how they were jumping in puddles in the garden department, way past their bedtime, as mom & dad bought a bunch of random bricks. It’s the little random things. Sometimes it’s the epic vacation that took us 3 years to save for, and sometimes it’s splashing in puddles in the garden center of Home Depot past bedtime.

Summer has been in full swing and we are trying to savor every second. From backyard barbecues with friends to summer date nights at the beach. Lounging around on the deck and even a cleaning at the dentist. We’ve tried a few new Pinterest recipes – (And the pretzel bowl was a HUGE hit). We’ve had lots of visitors and can’t wait for even more. We celebrated Penny’s birthday, surprised Daddy at work for lunch and even managed to make a stop motion lego video to promote our church’s VBS. It’s been a crazy & fun summer so far and we are hoping to enjoy every minute.

 

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops and consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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July 24, 2014 - 1:14 am

Rachelle Chase - Love it. It’s the little things. I hope that someday I will be able to be cool enough to have an Instagram picture of ME on your blog :)

Location Series // Part 3: Anywhere or Somewhere Special

I have been so thrilled to read some of the messages that have poured in from this current series on choosing a location for your portrait session. Both clients and photographers have been able to gain some insight as to the differences from times of day to the seasons when making the decision for outdoor locations.

Part 1 of this series explained the differences of photographing clients at The Beach during the day verses evening. You can read Part 1 – The Beach post here.  While Part 2 went over some differences when photographing clients at The Park, looking at Golden Hour vs. Daytime and Spring vs. Summer. You can read Part 2: The Park post here. 

Today we’ll be looking at the differences between photographing “Anywhere” or “Somewhere Special.

 

To recap – here are some of the things that I like to take into consideration when talking to clients about where they should be photographed.

When you choose a piece of art for your walls, whether it be a painting or frame or tapestry, you are careful to be sure the textures, colors, and sizes will conform to your personal taste in your home. All the more reason to carefully plan the same for your custom family portraits.

“Where should we go for the photoshoot?” is always an important question when planning your experience.  Ideas such as the beach or the park are wonderful, but my goal with this blog series is to show the subtle differences in common locations so that you can choose a location that works perfectly for your family photography experience.
Key questions to ask yourself:

1. Where will these portraits be displayed? 

Will they be in the family room? What color is the room? What style is it? Rustic? Cottage? Industrial? The purpose behind capturing the photos should be for intentionally cultivating the relationships and preserving them through photography, but they are ultimately meant for display, so thinking about where they will be showcased is a key component.

I recently had a client execute this in the most perfect way. They have a sea glass green colored casual family room where they envisioned their family portraits to one day hang. We planned their session at the beach, earlier in the day to get the correct colors. When they received their final product order, including a series of large canvases, they blended perfectly into their room, picking up the colors from the sand and ocean, matching the walls, curtains, decorative bottles and sailboats. 

2. Is there a place or activity that is special, sentimental or significant to the people that will be in the photographs? 

Is your favorite family past time to go the beach? Do you spend every Sunday at the park? The boardwalk? And if so, do you want that location to have a voice in this event – or do you simply want to incorporate the colors or textures? Do you envision your children frolicking in the sand? Picking flowers? Throwing leaves?

You and your family will always be the focus and priority of the photography experience. The activities and memories shared during the session will be directly affected by the location you choose.

 

PART 3: ANYWHERE vs SOMEWHERE SPECIAL

Sometimes location doesn’t matter at all. When the session is focused on the people in the portraits, and not focused on the surroundings. Lighting is always important, but a mix of natural and artificial light, plus proper planning for time of day results in portraits that are very intimate and intentionally focused on the moments in them. The background is either intentionally photographed out of focus, or cropped close enough to concentrate the attention on the people. These sessions are planned anywhere – a backyard, a museum, a parking garage or a driveway. People are often surprised at the results from some unusual locations that you would never know the origin. It could be anywhere at all and the results would be just as beautiful.

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In the opposite scenario – sometimes clients have a very special, or very sentimental place they would like to be photographed in. Often this place takes on a position in the portraits as an additional subject. Playing a role of importance just as high as the people in them. Giving the location a voice and personality of it’s own. Leaving its own mark on the session, and without it, the memories of the day would be totally different.

For example – first top left photograph in the collection of images below. “Waiting in the Field” This location was chosen specifically because the meaning of the name of this couple’s unborn child was “golden meadow”. When discussing possible locations for this couple’s maternity session, a “meadow” was at the top of the list. The meadow was showcased almost as much as the beautiful baby bump. The couple exchanged some incredible intimate moments and tears in that meadow that day, and the session would not have had the lasting impact it did in any other location. It was incredibly meaningful to them and their Wooden Heirloom box holds a tiny piece of that meadow to show their beautiful daughter someday.

Another example is the bottom left photograph “Before the Storm“. This location was chosen specifically because this Manhattan mother grew up creating many, many memories with her family at the Seaside, NJ boardwalk during her childhood. This classic Lifestyle Session took place starting at one end of the boardwalk, and ended in another. Along the way she told her family all about her youth; stories about her favorite shops and sweetest memories and then sharing each of their locations. Just 4 days after this session Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed this boardwalk. The only thing left was the memories of her youth, and the portrait session we had along the boardwalk.

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To see PART 1 of this series, THE BEACH, click HERE.

To see PART 2 of this series, THE PARK, click HERE.

Interested in booking a session for your family this summer? Be sure to contact us before spots are completely full!

Thanks for visiting today!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops and consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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July 18, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Rachelle Chase - this is so awesome! you are so talented :)

The Tangible heirlooms behind The Story of Family Experience

As more and more people embrace the tangible portrait experience, it’s been so refreshing to see client’s light up with excitement when they get to touch and feel handcrafted items that will be passed down for generations. Digital products are fun, for now. And we love to have our family portraits on our phones and spread through social media to share with those who we don’t get to see daily. But for family in the years to come, it’s a wonderful thing to cherish the tangible items that can be passed down.

From the handcrafted chapter box, to the hand made linen envelopes, and from the hand dyed ribbon to the hand bound linen journals, each item has been touched by an artisan that cares for their products and it’s representation as much as I care for the photographs that will be showcased through them. It’s their legacy to help provide these tangible items to pass on to your family.

These are just some of the items that are included with every portrait session in The Story of Family Experience. There is a specific purpose to each of these items, and as we work together I can’t wait to walk you through each one! Be sure to book your summer session before dates are full.

Thanks for visiting today!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops and consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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